With only four weeks remaining in the fantasy football regular season, it’s time to put up or shut up. If you’re 6-3 or better, you’re looking to go at least 2-2 the rest of the way while shoring up your lineup for Week 14. If you’re 5-4 or worse, you might need to make some moves.
No matter where your team stands, the waiver wire will soon be one of the only allies you have left. With most leagues approaching their trade deadlines this weekend, any new additions made after this week will need to come from the free agent pool.
Even though the season is nearing its end, a lot can happen over the next month. So, there’s no need to panic if you’re fighting for contention. Instead, settle in, grab that shovel, and let’s discuss some deep league waiver wire additions who can help your team as we enter the home stretch.
Here we go!
Josh Adams—Philadelphia Eagles
At this time next week, Josh Adams might be one of those players that everyone is kicking themselves over for not grabbing sooner. In Week 8, Adams ran his way out of obscurity with a nine carry, 61 yard performance in Philadelphia’s win over Jacksonville in London. With the Eagles on BYE last week, many owners may have simply forgotten about the massive opportunity that Adams could be facing. Ever since Jay Ajayi’s season-ending injury, the Eagles have rolled with the 1-2 punch of Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement at RB, and the duo has failed to impress. Over the last three games, Smallwood is averaging a paltry 3.05 YPC, while Clement has averaged 2.39 per clip. The same cannot be said for Adams. Check out some of these runs from the game against JAX:
The holes for the running backs have been there. The Eagles OL continues to open them up and generate push, but since Jay Ajayi's injury, Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood haven't showcased the vision to see them and feet to get to them.
Josh Adams has. pic.twitter.com/TFJQNKpbNL
— The Bitter Birds (@AdrianFedkiw) October 29, 2018
The Eagles’ acquisition of Golden Tate tells you this is a team that believes it can still contend this season. But in order to do so, they’ll need to reestablish the ground game that made them so successful just a year ago. Smallwood and Clement have proven to be nice complimentary players thus far in their respective careers, but I don’t believe either one of them is suited to carry a heavy load. If your league forgot about Josh Adams in Week 9, don’t make the same mistake twice. Add him immediately, and sit back to see if your late-season lottery ticket can prime you for a run to title town.
Maurice Harris—Washington Redskins
Maurice Harris burst onto the fantasy scene in Week 9 as he hauled in 10-of-12 targets for a career-high 124 yards. While many might chalk this performance up as a one-week wonder, it’s important to consider the situation Harris now finds himself in. To put it lightly, the Redskins have been decimated by injuries, particularly at the WR position. Jamison Crowder has been limited to four games all season, and hasn’t played since October 8th. Paul Richardson, Jay Gruden’s $40 million free agent signing, just went down for the season with a shoulder injury. At this point, we know what Josh Doctson is. He’s a jump ball deep threat who’s battled health and consistency problems throughout his career. Long story short, Harris could be Alex Smith’s number one WR moving forward. And it’s not like he hasn’t made the most of his opportunity so far:
Belittle Maurice Harris' 10-catch, 124-yard game as "garbage stats" if you want to. The fact is, he still had to get open and catch the football.
Career 10-catch, 100-yard games:
Maurice Harris, 1.
Josh Doctson, 0.
Jamison Crowder, 0.
— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) November 5, 2018
It’s important to remember Alex Smith is only eight games into his Redskins tenure, and he really hasn’t had the chance to build a rapport with anyone on this team. But with Harris, the proof might just be in the pudding. Better yet? Washington takes on the non-existent Buccaneers defense this week that’s given up an average of 34 PPG to its opponents this season. Harris is worth an immediate add, and I’d even consider him as a plug-and-play option in Week 10.
Adam Humphries—Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Speaking of Buccaneers, Adam Humphries is another receiver who deserves your attention. We already know the big names in Tampa Bay’s offense: Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, O.J. Howard, etc. But fantasy is a game of projections. And when it comes to the WR position, targets are one of the main indicators of future success. Over the last two games, Humphries has caught 15-of-18 targets for 158 yards and 2 TDs. Already on pace for the best statistical season of his career, Humphries has cleared 75 yards receiving in three of his last four games, and has the look of a guy who should be anywhere but on your league’s waiver wire. If you’re in a deep league and hurting at the WR position, snatch Humphries and see if he can build on his 69 YPG average that he’s displayed over the last four weeks.
Jeff Heuerman—Denver Broncos
Back in Week 3’s edition of #GoingDeep, I recommended adding Denver TE Jake Butt. I noted how Butt appeared to be building a rapport with Denver QB Case Keenum despite being listed as the second string TE behind Jeff Heuerman. Butt would unfortunately go on to sustain a season-ending knee injury that same week, leaving fantasy owners and the Broncos alike scrambling for answers at the position. Then, the Broncos traded longtime WR Demaryius Thomas.
In hindsight, all of the Courtland Sutton hype overshadowed the opportunity bestowed on Heuerman. But after the performance he put on display this past weekend, we’re all paying attention. Heuerman put together one of the most efficient TE performances of the season, hauling in 10-of-11 targets for 83 yards and a TD. Case Keenum looked his way early and often, and we now have a guy who could potentially become an every-week fantasy starter.
That’ll do it for this week’s edition of #GoingDeep. Whether you loved or hated this article, I’m always down to talk fantasy football on Twitter @phclapp. Thanks for reading!